* Posts by Jason Hindle

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'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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It’s all a conspiracy

Perhaps it’s all a big conspiracy of the MSM or whatever. Probably fake news. SAD! Or perhaps his children are (shudder) SJWs. Or maybe snowflakes are virtue signalling* with their own dark Zionist agenda in league with the Deep State (and possibly aliens or lizard people**).

* Yes, I jest. Besides, I prefer virtual signalling to twat signalling.

** An alien anal probing might explain Dad?

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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I like Windows 10

And, as I believe I’ve written here before, every time I start to think my current Mac might be my last*, Microsoft goes and does something monumentally stupid.

* And let’s face it, Apple doesn’t always shower themselves in glory when it comes to finding major bugs before release.

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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So Essential essentially a US Wiley Fox?

Trading on Rubin’s name?

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Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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Re: Teams is wonderful if you only talk to one team

They managed to make something less useful/usable than Skype for Business? That deserves some sort of award.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Painting lasers on Samsung

“My P20 Pro has been”

As has my bog standard P20.

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Re: Painting lasers on Samsung

For the P20, P is meant to be imminent. As with all none Google phones, I won't be holding my breath.

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: Memories

Six generations of Surface would perhaps suggest otherwise.

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Re: Is there anything wrong with Windows 10?

“It's not fast though is it?

Try running Virtualbox with Debian 8 inside it on a Win10 machine, runs like a dog even on a spangly i7 machine, Debian 8 runs 10x faster on an old i3 under Linux and is fast under OS/X + Parallels on an old i5.

The difference in speed between Virtualbox under Linux or Unix and under Win10 is epic.”

It is certainly slower under Virtualbox/Windows compared to Virtualbox/Mac. Not unusably slow though (and not exactly epic). I’m currently giving Hyper-V a try, but that presents its own challenges.

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

“Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that it was a one-time vote with a binding result.”

You’re confusing it with the Scottish Independence referendum*. The Brexit referendum was advisory. I’m quite enjoying all this unfinished business.

* Where the promise that the best way to stay in Europe is to stay in Britain might well have carried the final result.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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I expect Acer, Asus and HP will run with the overall idea

Once Android apps run well on Chrome OS (they seem to be getting there), and the tablet mode of Chrome OS starts to look like a tablet (that too is getting there), then others will run with this. Google, OTOH are trying to compete with Surface when they can’t even compete with the iPad. The base iPad is more capable than the entry level slate (as is the Surface Go) and thst’s before you take the ecosystem into consideration.

In the meantime, Google needs to take the person who who answered “How do we compete with Apple,” with “Something with a Celeron in it” out back.....

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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I had high hopes for the Slate

It disappoints. Looks like Google have sacrificed the processor, in the base model, in favour of other high end components (e.g. the screen). Both the base iPad and Surface Go offer a better balance of performance and function. Then there's the photos of the slate with its keyboard. No kickstand? I expect to see more useful devices from Google's partners. Android on tablet is dead, so Google needs to make this work if they want to stay in the tablet market.

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Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

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If true, then someone in China has made a very big mistake

Because you can wave goodbye to any kind of Chinese hi tech export industry. Which is why it all sounds a bit unlikely to me. The aspersions alone could serve to make China a little poorer.

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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“My ThinkPad X1 Carbon took less than an hour. This morning I will kick it off on my Surface 3. Could be a long day.”

Wasn't as bad as I was expecting given the Surface 3’s well known limitations. Upgrade started at 07:15 and completed shortly after 10:00.

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"My laptop has 16GB of memory and an SSD - it's pretty fast. It still took ~3.5 hours to update"

My ThinkPad X1 Carbon took less than an hour. This morning I will kick it off on my Surface 3. Could be a long day.

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Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Devil

Now I think of the Surface Go as I once thought the Surface 3...

If only they made a Pro in the Go form factor.

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Re: Version 1809

Me too. Clearly I'm a glutton for punishment.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Ah, such youthful defiance

Reminds me and colleague at Bangkok Airport, a long time ago. They'd just introduced biometrics and wanted to take his photo. Now, this man is the original Mr. "Ye can take our lives but ye can't take our FREEDOM!!!!". So, he gave the the camera the finger, and Thai immigration put him up for the night. Not at the Bangkok Hilton, but still quite unpleasant.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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I’ve had good results from Google

It usually has me navigating on foot, like a local*.

* Ok, that would be the local goofy foreigner, who doesn’t speak the language, and is constantly looking at his damned phone.

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

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Gave it a try today

Slick but also a reminder why I avoid Ubuntu. Problems with the latest/greatest? Well... Wouldn't ssh or https to anything while connected to the office via Openconnect. Odd really, because I was able to ssh from the corporate Dell to my shiny new Ubuntu VM. A colleague with deep knowledge of ssh helped me with the former. I'm still looking at the latter. I never have these problems with Mint and CENTOS. I've also spun up a Mint VM under Hyper-V, but that takes a little more effort (had to tell it what screen resolution to use, and copy/paste won't work between it and Windows, unlike a VirtualBox resident).

Also, Hyper-V isn't necessarily better than VirtualBox. Whereas Virtualbox sees your monitor as its monitor, connection to a Hyper-V is via Remote Desktop/X (the only way is headless, it seems). Overall performance is better, but graphic performance is a little sluggish. Good to muck around with these things.

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Re: WSL dead then?

I think far from dead. The ability to run up a bash shell and do all manner of bashy things* is often far more convenient than running up a full VM. Even my ageing Surface 3 runs WSL perfectly well. Now Hyper-V has me curious. More efficient in practice than running up a VM under VirtualBox?

* Replacement for Putty and WinSCP, run Bash scripts with all the familiar Linux tools, API testing using Curl and so on.

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App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Re: This is the opposite of what is needed, of course

I'm not sure what it's for, but WSL serves me a a great replacement for cmd.exe, Powershell, Winscp and so on. Perhaps it means different things to different people?

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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I would certainly miss the unfettered data usage

When I'm out and about with my camera, in Europe, I like to be able to frequently upload photos from my camera to my phone, and then onto Lightroom in the cloud. If I have the big Sony camera with me, that means I'm shunting a lot of data around. Of course, local SIM cards are readily available and I'm perfectly happy to go back to doing things that way.

So, I think the reintroduction of roaming charges (or simply making my data allowance unusable, as I've found Three are quite good at) would disproportionately affect those who don't have the gumption to find cheaper alternatives. In other words, mostly the very people who voted for this.

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Re: Aren't the server parts of MacOS server being killed off?

Linux and the commoditisation of server hardware pretty much killed Apple in the server space. I suppose there might be some use for OSX server (or server-ish) in an all (or mostly) Apple environment?

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: Nobody buys Samsung anymore....

Plenty of people buy only Samsung as they’re used to the interface (since the super S3). Oddly, the super S3 was my last Samsung (went all frugal and SIM only after that phone).

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Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help

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“What am I missing? There's a well-hidden part of industry that actually uses Azure?”

Azure is huge. Probably bigger than Microsoft as AWS is bigger than Amazon. AWS tends to grab more headlines and, as I’ve commented here before, is perhaps more approachable for the curious nerd (though this curious nerd is approaching both), but Azure has plenty of very big clients and likely to be first cloud of call for developers embedded in the Windows ecosystem.

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Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

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Re: Not sure what choice Google has, with China

When do the right thing collides with shareholder value, I'll give you two guesses as to which of those wins. That's just the world you've got.

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Not sure what choice Google has, with China

Search is just the tip of the Iceberg, for Google. Not being fully in China means other companies (including Microsoft and Apple) get the business for cloud/productivity suites, cloud computing, app/entertainment store and so on. I'm guessing not many Chinese use a Chromebook, when China should be a huge market for these.

Also, it means Google AI efforts aren't getting training (through vast quantities of data, required for machine learning) from half the world's population. This is the long game, where I think Apple and Microsoft potentially loses the overall war.

I'm sure Google's shareholders find Google's principles fine in, erm, principle, but China has clearly looked down on Google and said "bitch" because, quite frankly, they can.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: From experience...

I wouldn’t be brave enough to try upgrading a 32GB machine (and, quite frankly, a pox on the houses of those who would make and sell them). However, a USB stick or SD card should do the trick. I’ve found the Windows Update Troubleshooter a reliable, but sadly necessary, friend from time to time.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Microsoft's quest to own work

I'm struggling to find a link, but her premise of a cogent article I recently read is that Microsoft is on a quest to own work. They own the social network of work, the office tools most people use at work and home, the development tools used by a great many programmers and now they own the place where a lot of the source code goes, and everything can be done in Microsoft's cloud. Any consumer/lifestyle play, by Microsoft, is going to spring out of this setup. Like them or loathe them, Microsoft as has a lot to leverage when it comes to creating and selling (hypothetical) shiny new things.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Good luck

The weekly On Call has been a reliable laugh, so best of luck with what comes next.

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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

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Re: Rebirth of the phoenix

This is something I've only just started looking at. I'm sure many big businesses would prefer Microsoft's name to that of Amazon, but at the ground level AWS seems a hell of a lot more approachable for the curious tech.

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

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Re: 2FA?

Guilty as charged, though the phone in question is encrypted and protected with a six digit passcode. I’m no security expert, but I did wonder about that.... If someone gets my password and phone, they could simply put the SIM card into a different phone and activate my account on there. Google partly mitigates this by sending a warning to all devices, but I don’t yet have enough exposure to the Microsoft way of doing things (just use the Microsoft Authenticator app on the corporate Samsung).

Incidentally, in the finance scams described in the article, there was a human factor that goes well beyond the basic software security. I expect our SVP and his finance counterpart would both scoff at the idea of transferring any significant amount of money without first flapping gums.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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There are a lot of sub £200 Windows Tablets out there

Made in China. It would be interesting to see what proportion of the growth in shipments comes from these.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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It’s an expensive way to run Office

When you factor in the cost of the pretty much mandatory keyboard.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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So it's just the (none pro) Surface 3 with slightly better processor?

Paint me unimpressed. Also.... This obsession with the Surface form factor... It's crap for using on public transport (unless you're in love with the on screen keyboard). Then there's the app store. I think Windows 10S is a fine idea in principle, but what percentage of buyers can survive entirely on the contents of Microsoft's app store?

Edit: Oh, and the usual promise of an LTE version, for later, that will doubtless be as rare as rocking horse shit.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: User-generated obfuscation

Meh - just encode everything ROT26.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: How many times have you replaced the case and screen?

If Trigger had a mobile workstation....

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Re: What does it run? Anything you want!

Several of them. Just install HyperV, VMWare or KVM, and run whatever you want on top of any of those.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: V

Dire film (and false god).

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Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs

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Re: Sure they’ll be Complely neutral

Now all your code are belong to us.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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I have a lot of time for Public Health England, and the NHS

In some ways they're the greatest users of big data. However, I do sometimes get the impression the fanatics are running the asylum. Who remembers the pronouncement of ten a day (which surely would have turned us all Vegan)?

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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Agile vs Whatever not really relevant here

And using an Agile methodology probably wouldn't have helped. Some of the ideas and technologies often associated with Agile (but not really Agile per se - frequent build and automated testing, and frequent communication, to give two examples) might have helped. An incremental platform to platform migration, with a solid, tested back out plan would most definitely have helped.

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Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

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I've read a couple of reviews of Windows on ARM

They're quite mixed. I'd probably avoid the first iteration (but when was that not true?) and perhaps wait for more of the software (especially Office, it seems) to be natively compiled to the new processor. It's a compelling idea, but the devil is in the implementation.

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NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

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There’s a lot of problems

I had to spend a little time in Out Patients, at a hospital last year. A few days later, I received a copy of a letter from the consultant, addressed to my GP. Being in the same business as your average El Reg reader, and therefore being a picky bastard, I did of course check with said GP who was delighted with the letter I handed to her!

To say the NHS is in a bit of a mess would be the understatement of the century. As far as I can tell, it’s mostly down to whichever government.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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The Sandler comparison

Is surely insulting to our new AI overlords?

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

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Remind me... What is Essential’s USP

And when was the last time a proprietary peripheral port succeeded in a mass market product?

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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Re: Eudora Euphoria

Bluetooth Module for Handspring Visor, and the original Ericsson T68, for me.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: “Too much GDPR documentation going on.”

Welcome to the Reset.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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Re: A business for someone else

For me, getting existing software running well, in the ARM environment is key. If Microsoft screws that up, they fail. Full sized USB? Sure, as long as it’s USB-C, with all the bells and whistles (and there’s more than one of them).

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